Treasures of the Maya Spirit Exhibition Showcases Collection of The Future
Museo Maya de America at 2014 Los Angeles Jewelry, Antique & Design Show
Exhibition Unveils New Research On The Crouching Masked Jaguar Dancer Sculpture—The Greatest Mayan Discovery in Recent Times
Treasures of the Maya Spirit is an exhibition that celebrates Maya
culture and its contributions to the world. The exhibition will present more
than 200 extraordinary examples of Pre-Columbian Maya Art, and will
also feature some of the finest examples of native Guatemalan textiles,
antique masks, and dance costumes, as well as contemporary works of
art by prize-winning artists and anonymous artist-artisans, reflecting the
Maya region´s worldview.
Treasures of the Maya Spirit focuses on the art and civilization of the
Maya people and is curated by several organizations headed by Gio
Rossilli: Sofia Paredes Maury, Fundacion La Ruta Maya; Ines Guzman,
Museo Maya de America; Raymond Senuk, Friends of Ixchel Museum;
Professor Peter Markman & Dr. Alison Heney, Xipe Projects; and Adrian
Lorenzana, Paiz Foundation.
La Ruta Maya Conservation Foundation
La Ruta Maya Conservation Foundation is a non-profit organization
supporting the rescue, conservation, and preservation of Guatemalan
cultural values by promoting education, dissemination, and valorisation
of the Maya's cultural heritage in the Mesoamerican region. The
Foundation has a collection of more than 4,000 Pre-Columbian objects,
and is responsible for the custody and management of these objects,
duly registered at the Registry of Cultural Property. Among them are
ornaments, figurines, monuments, sculptures, ceramic vessels, and
Polychrome Stucco Figure of a Warrior as a Crouching Jaguar
Southern Maya lowlands, probably southwest of the Lakes region of Peten, Guatemala.
Early Classic period (ca. 250 AD- 600 AD).
Height: 66 cm; Length: 266 cm; Width: 105 cm (Register No.184.108.40.2069)
These objects were manufactured using a variety of materials from different sources found in Mesoamerica such as clays and minerals for ceramics, shell, bone, coral, jade, obsidian, flint, and basalt, among others.
Mosaic Jade mask with coral and
obsidian and inlaid shell
Terminal Classic Period (900 - 1200 AD)
Length: 34 cm; Width: 18 cm
(Register No. 220.127.116.11)
Friends of Ixchel Museum
The Friends of the Ixchel Museum, a US charitable foundation, was
established in 1984. There are two primary missions for the organization: to
promote interest in the Maya textile tradition through exhibitions, education
and publications outside of Guatemala, and to support the work of the
Museo Ixchel by funding selected projects. The textiles on exhibit are from
the collection of the Friends of the Ixchel Museum. Over the years the
collection has been built solely through the donation of textiles.
For the most part the textiles on exhibit are ceremonial textiles reserved
for special occasions including but not limited to cofradia (religious
co-fraternities), weddings, baptisms, and mass attendance. They
date to the first half of the 20th century and represent some of the
finest examples from the period. These kinds of textiles are still being
produced today but in limited numbers and with very different materials.
The textiles in this exhibition were curated by Raymond Senuk.
Language Group – Kaqchikel
1940s/1950s Sanchez Collection/
Friends of the Ixchel Museum
1) Moor Mask from the
Dance of the Conquest
Mid to late 19th century
2) Dog Mask from the
Dance of the Deer
Early 20th century
3) Monkey Mask from the
Dance of the Monkeys
Early 20th century
Xipe Projects is a museum and a non-profit educational foundation,
which houses the Peter and Roberta Markman collection of masks and
popular art. The museum/Foundation is committed to the dissemination
of information through exhibitions and publications aimed to stimulate
interest in Latin American masking and popular art through conducting
and underwriting research that will be presented in publications, lectures,
and seminars; exhibitions of material drawn primarily, but not exclusively,
from the Markman's extensive collections; and acquiring, conserving, and
publishing information about the masks, costumes, dance paraphernalia,
and popular art of various Latin American traditions. The masks and folk
saints in this exhibition were curated by Dr. Alison Heney.
The Paiz Foundation for Education and Culture was founded by Carlos
and Graciela Paiz in the 1970s. Their social work program started helping
young Guatemalans achieve better access to education. Presently the
Foundation has a yearly impact on more than 70,000 people and is
dedicated to the cause of developing educational programs using the
arts and culture as tools for social development.
91.5 x 91.5cm)
In 1978, the Paiz Foundation started a Guatemalan art Biennial, a very
ambitious program which now happens to be the area's most important
visual arts event. Many of the most renowned artists in Guatemala's
modern art history have had their first exposure through the Paiz Biennial.
There have been 18 editions since the Biennial's inception, spanning 36
years of building the Foundation's visual arts collection, where some of the
most outstanding works of art can be found. Guatemala is proud to be
honored at this year's LA Art Show and in response the Paiz Foundation
will exhibit a special selection of pieces from the collection curated by
Adrian Lorenzana to share with the viewing public.
Fundación Museo Maya de América unveils the design of
Central America's largest museum of Maya artifacts and culture.
The Museo Maya de América, will be located in Guatemala City, and
is to become a leading venue for the public to view objects, artifacts,
artworks, textiles, and information on the history and culture of the Maya
civilization. The institution is among the most ambitious cultural projects in
the region, containing approximately 60,000 square meters (more than
600,000 square feet) of construction with a budget of US$60 million.
"With an enormous sense of optimism and a vision for the future, we aim to
create a museum that celebrates Maya culture and carefully explains it,"
states Fernando Paiz, President of the sponsoring organization Fundación
Museo Maya de América. "We want the world to understand the
sophistication and richness of this civilization in Guatemala and beyond."
Organized for maximum public interaction with the site, the ground
is given almost entirely to open space. The galleries reside within the
floating box, which is connected to the lower levels by stairs that climb
their way around a central courtyard. "The central court evokes a cenote,
a type of natural sinkhole characteristic of the Yucatan and held sacred
by the Maya," states Roberto de Oliveira Castro, principal of over,under.
"Open to the sky and lushly planted, the eight-story cenote functions
as the heart of the museum, and it forms an orientation point within the
museum that extends down to the parking levels below ground, providing
an interesting route into the museum and a special place to display
The design of the Museo Maya de América has been developed by
Harry Gugger Studio of Basel and over,under of Boston. Seis Arquitectos
of Guatemala City will serve as the architect of record. Conceptual design
work has been completed, and a fundraising campaign has commenced.